Five New Acting Graduates to Join Award-Winning Ensemble

Dundee Rep is delighted to announce that they will be hosting a group of five graduates this year as part of their renowned Graduate Actor Scheme. Tom England, Eleanor House, Emma Mullen, Hannah Pauley, Jamie Pritchard, will join Dundee Rep’s Ensemble to work on this season’s productions, starting with August: Osage County (Tues 29 Aug – Sat 16 Sept). 

The new apprentices secured their places after a rigorous audition process and are the latest graduates to earn a unique opportunity to kick start their career where they will spend time learning their craft at the award-winning theatre. Dundee Rep’s Graduate Actor Scheme is a yearlong placement giving drama school graduates a fantastic opportunity to work in a fast-paced professional environment. 

On welcoming the new graduates to the Rep, Artistic Director Andrew Panton said; 

"Dundee Rep’s Graduate Actor Scheme is a unique programme which helps graduates make the transition from drama school into the industry. We're able to work with and nurture the next generation of emergent talent as they rehearse and develop alongside our resident acting Ensemble. I'm very pleased that we're able to work with a number of recent graduates this year and look forward to welcoming them into the Rep family."

Four of this year’s graduates come from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which is ranked in the world’s top three for performing arts education and number one in Scotland for graduate employability. And one has recently graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, one of the most successful and well-respected conservatoire drama schools in the UK.

Hannah PauleyHannah Pauley graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July 2017, where she studied on the three year BA Musical Theatre programme. During her final year, Hannah starred in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a musical based on the famous 1989 Pedro Almodóvar film. She played the slightly mad, funny and passionate Lucía. Hannah is an accomplished musician, and the production saw her playing flute and piano as well as acting, singing and dancing. Hannah also appeared in the Royal Conservatoire’s production of Chess at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre as well as its New York City showcase at the Signature Theatre in Manhattan.

 Hannah said: “Dundee is such a great place and I’m excited to join the Rep. I consider myself very fortunate to have this opportunity as my first job after graduating from the Royal Conservatoire.” 

Emma MullenFellow musical theatre graduate Emma Mullen’s theatre credits include; Cabaret, Junk and Soul Food (RCS); The Broons (Workshop, Sell A Door Theatre Company); Go Sing, Season Preview and Annie (Theatre Royal, Glasgow) and Young Variety, Aladdin, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty (King’s Theatre, Glasgow). Emma also performed at the opening ceremony of Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games (BBC); The History of The Kings (Kings Theatre Production) and Muncie (ITV). 

Tom EnglandTom England’s theatre credits include Simon’s Magical Christmas Socks (RCS/Citizens Theatre), The Burial at Thebes, Death of a Salesman, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Ghosts (RCS); Arcadia (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory) and Dream On! (BBC Arts Live). Radio credits include Kidnapped (BBC Radio Scotland). He wrote and co-directed Days in the Hours as part of the 2016 On The Verge festival.

 Tom said: “The play I’ll be working on – Deathtrap – is an amazing comedy thriller and I can’t wait to get under way with Dundee Rep and Johnny McKnight. Performing in the Rep Theatre, as part of that fantastic company – what a great start to my career!” 

Jamie PritchardAlso recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Jamie Pritchard grew up in Hertfordshire before moving to Glasgow to continue his study of musical theatre. While at the RCS, his theatre credits include: Cabaret (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Soul Food (Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland Bridge Week), Royal Variety Gala Performance (Theatre Royal), Dick McWhittington (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). 

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that our new acting and musical theatre graduates Jamie, Emma, Hannah and Tom will be taking their first steps into a performing arts career through Dundee Rep’s new Graduate Programme.

 “Dundee Rep is one of the UK's most highly acclaimed theatre companies, producing exciting new work within a vibrant cultural community. The experience gained there will be invaluable to all of our recent graduates in developing their professional careers.

 “I wish each one of them every success and congratulate Andrew Panton, Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Artistic Director of Music Theatre, for supporting this important opportunity for young theatre professionals to develop their experience and potential.”

Eleanor HouseOriginally from Aberdeen, Eleanor House recently graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After finishing school, she moved to Stratford-Upon-Avon for a full time acting course called Year Out Drama. She finished her year by playing the role of Casca, in Julius Caesar (Bristol Old Vic). Recent credits while training includes: Dabby in Our Country’s Good, Pantina in The Two Gentleman of Verona, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare at the Edinburgh Fringe last August.

 Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, said:

 “We are delighted that our graduating acting student Eleanor House will be joining the prestigious Dundee Rep for a season. Eleanor was a passionate and hard working student who showed extraordinary flair in all of her performances. We are sure that she will be a great asset to the company and will learn a great deal from this wonderful opportunity.”

Dundee Rep will join forces with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to bring the Broadway hit, Spring Awakening, to audiences in Glasgow and Dundee in March 2018. The venture will create a unique educational experience for Royal Conservatoire students who will work alongside and learn from the only permanent acting ensemble in Scotland and the theatre’s design and creative team.